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Iolanthe Review – A Gilbert and Sullivan Masterpiece

Iolanthe is one of my favorite G&S operettas — in fact today, Sunday August 11 2013, with my mind reeling with scenes, music, and words from having attended the Lamplighters’ performance of this masterpiece both last night and this afternoon, I would rank it #1. Continue reading »

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Cyrano Review – Victor Herbert’s Operetta with a new Libretto by Alyce Mott

It was an unlikely combination. A beautifully tragic play by a 19th century Frenchman, loosely based on a real person from 200-some years before; Continue reading »

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Princess Ida Review – Lamplighters do it again

Last summer I ended my review of the Lamplighter’s production of The Mikado with a personal plea to F. Lawrence Ewing who had played Ko-Ko:

If you’re looking for professors who are sometimes not profound
Spare this humble essayist
By my readers I’d be missed
To hear you sing King Gama next I want to be around
To see you shake your fist
As a true misogynist
.   .   .   .   . Continue reading »

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Mikado Review II – Memories

I was raised on Gilbert & Sullivan.  Continue reading »

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Mikado Review I – Lamplighters Will Leave You Humming and Laughing

The anticipation began when I saw the first poster for the Lamplighters’ 60th season and found that they would be performing The Mikado here in Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.  Continue reading »

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Ruddigore Review II – Stanford Savoyards complete their afternoon of eerie fun

“What’s in a name?” asks the Bard.  A great deal, according to the appearance and actions of Richard Copperwaite, a welcome import from England.  Continue reading »

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Ruddigore Review I – Stanford Savoyards present an afternoon of eerie fun

Ruddigore is not as well known as some of the other Gilbert and Sullivan operas — which is a shame, because it is full of catchy tunes, clever words, and a comic twist to provide a happy ending.  I enjoyed the production at Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Saturday May 12 2012 so much that I went again for the final performance on Sunday.  Continue reading »

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Pirates of Penzance Singalong Review – Fun: Pure unadulterated fun

The fun began on March 11, 2012 when we read the program.  With a perfectly straight face we read:  Continue reading »

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H.M.S. Pinafore – A delightful bit of operatic froth

H.M.S. Pinafore hove into the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts this past weekend and it was immediately obvious that the “sober men and true” who sailed her were not exaggerating a bit when they sang, “Our saucy ship’s a beauty.”  Continue reading »

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The Cat Transformed into a Woman – The last of two one-act operas separated by one intermission and millions of emotional miles

It was a somber crowd that meandered back into the auditorium after the intermission of Cav & Cat. But we didn’t stay somber very long. All of us Pocket Opera regulars know that the combination of Donald Pippin’s translation and Jacques Offenbach’s music will leave us laughing and humming regardless of the particular title. And it only took Donald’s two-sentence introduction to start the new members of the audience chuckling. Continue reading »

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